Bernard Lee

1908 - 1981

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John Bernard Lee (10 January 1908 – 16 January 1981), known as Bernard Lee, was an English actor, best known for his role as M in the first eleven Eon-produced James Bond films. Lee's film career spanned the years 1934 to 1979, though he had appeared on stage from the age of six. He was trained at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art in London. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Bernard Lee has received more than 1,569,265 page views. His biography is available in 27 different languages on Wikipedia. Bernard Lee is the 730th most popular actor (down from 684th in 2019), the 50th most popular biography from Ireland (down from 48th in 2019) and the 10th most popular Irish Actor.

Bernard Lee was a British actor who played M in the James Bond films.

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Among actors, Bernard Lee ranks 730 out of 10,030Before him are Matt LeBlanc, Robert Loggia, Jeffrey DeMunn, Ewan McGregor, Amy Adams, and Mylène Demongeot. After him are Tom Wilkinson, Natasha Richardson, Sissy Spacek, Ethan Hawke, Matthew Perry, and Dominic Purcell.

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Among people born in 1908, Bernard Lee ranks 57Before him are Willard Van Orman Quine, Józef Gosławski, Robert Merle, Lita Grey, Victor Ambartsumian, and Virginia Cherrill. After him are Martha Gellhorn, Masaru Ibuka, Henri, Count of Paris, Valentin Glushko, Leroy Anderson, and Annemarie Schwarzenbach. Among people deceased in 1981, Bernard Lee ranks 41Before him are Mohammad-Ali Rajai, Will Durant, Omar Torrijos, Leo Kanner, Lobsang Rampa, and Bill Shankly. After him are Karl Richter, Princess Margarita of Greece and Denmark, Mike Hailwood, Lotte Lenya, Prince Yasuhiko Asaka, and Gyula Lóránt.

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In Ireland

Among people born in Ireland, Bernard Lee ranks 50 out of 460Before him are Bob Geldof (1951), Causantín mac Cináeda (836), William C. Campbell (1930), Mary Jane Kelly (1863), Saint Gall (550), and Ernest Walton (1903). After him are Brendan Gleeson (1955), Richard Cantillon (1680), James Ussher (1581), Dolores O'Riordan (1971), Edward England (1685), and Eileen Gray (1878).

Among ACTORS In Ireland

Among actors born in Ireland, Bernard Lee ranks 10Before him are Richard Harris (1930), Katie McGrath (1983), Lola Montez (1821), Gabriel Byrne (1950), Cillian Murphy (1976), and Maureen O'Hara (1920). After him are Brendan Gleeson (1955), Colin Farrell (1976), Maureen O'Sullivan (1911), David Kelly (1929), Edward Mulhare (1923), and Aidan Gillen (1968).

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